The Details on Deferring Admission

We know that April is a tough month for many of you, as you try to narrow down your college choices and select the perfect school for you. Even if you only have a few on the list, it can be a stressful process!

In addition to the college decision, some of you might be weighing different options for the upcoming school year, and those opportunities might change when you begin your journey as a Penn Stater. Luckily, most times, students do have the option to defer their offer of admission to start later than their session of acceptance.

Deferring admission basically means that you still want to come to Penn State, but you want to wait a little longer before enrolling. The good news is that we consider requests to defer admission for one full year from the original starting semester. Please call us to discuss your options.

Deferring admission allows students time to do other things before enrolling at Penn State as a full-time student. Whether you want to work, travel, volunteer, or take advantage of another opportunity, check out Jenna’s post from last year for the basic information on how to defer admission.

Every application, every student, every reason for deferring admission is different – which is why we ask that you contact us to discuss the process and your options (especially before you commit to whatever you have planned to do during your “time off” from Penn State). Please go to and send us an email or call us at 814-865-5471.

Regardless of when you end up starting, we are excited that you will be joining the Penn State family!

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There are only 17 days until May 1. May 1. When all colleges across the country ask students to commit to a school for next year. Only 17 days to decide the rest of your life. No pressure, right?

We know it does feel like a lot of pressure but take a deep breath and know it’s all going to work out fine, especially if you accept your Penn State offer. You will be committing to joining one of the premier universities in the nation, a school that can provide you limitless opportunity and prepare you well for life after graduation, all while offering an incredible student experience.

If you don’t want to take our word for it, talk with some of our students. We have a chat for Accepted Students scheduled April 22 and one specifically for international students on April 24.

So, what are you waiting for? Accept that offer and start repping #psu2018.

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Entrepreneurs – check out IST Start-up Week!

IST-Start-upYou don’t have to be a student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) to appreciate this event – any student interested in entrepreneurship and innovation can learn something from the wealth of knowledge that presenters share during this week-long event.

IST Start-up Week is an exciting showcase that features dozens of speakers each year, many of which are alumni, who serve as inspiration to Penn State students and encourage them to think more broadly about their career paths. Not only do students learn about the impressive start-up initiatives of the speakers, but they learn about the successes and failures they experienced along their paths. This event offers students the opportunity to engage with these successful innovators in meaningful ways, while hearing about their stories of determination and inspiration.

To learn more about this exciting event, visit the Start-up Week website (which incidentally, was created with Weebly, a company established by 2007 IST grad David Rusenko) or follow the hashtag #ISTstartup on Twitter. Be sure to check out the coverage or watch current and past sessions on their stream!

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After accepting your offer: Info on New Student Orientation

So many first-year students, whether they have just accepted their offer or are planning to in the coming weeks, want to know: what’s next?

First, welcome to Penn State! Now the business of becoming an enrolled student must begin. A few weeks after you accept your offer, you will get a postcard in the mail about the first part of New Student Orientation (NSO): the Educational Planning Survey and the ALEKS Math Assessment. You must complete both of these items online to continue with the orientation process.

The Educational Planning Survey is a tool that your academic adviser will use to better understand your educational goals. This survey will ultimately help your adviser during the scheduling process, as you plan your first semester classes. The ALEKS Math Assessment is used to determine your placement in math (and chemistry, if necessary for your major) at Penn State. Upon completion of the assessment, you will see your resulting math placement level, which is used during the scheduling process. If you are not happy with your original performance, you have the opportunity to retake the assessment.

After completing both of these items, you will be contacted by your campus of admission regarding the in-person orientation program at that campus. At University Park, this in-person program is a two-day visit that incorporates an overnight stay in one of the residence halls. Other Penn State campuses offer one-day orientation programs. At these programs students should expect to take care of some of the details of becoming a Penn State student, like getting a Penn State ID card, while also discussing their future academic plan and coursework with staff at that campus.

If you have any questions about NSO or any part of the orientation process, visit the orientation website to learn more or contact their office. We are so excited that you have decided to join the Penn State family, and we look forward to seeing you on campus this summer for orientation!

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Update for International Applicants

We couldn’t be prouder that Penn State’s academic reputation is well-known not only in the U.S., but around the globe. The number of international student applications that we have received this year proves it!

First, we want to thank our international applicants for their patience. We are reviewing your applications as quickly as we can, but we know many of you are still awaiting your decision. International applicants who submitted a complete application (including transcripts, test scores, and other supporting documents) by the February 1 preferred filing date should expect their decision by mid-April.

We encourage you to keep checking MyPennState for any updates regarding your application. As soon as we have a decision to share, it will be posted there.

Again, thank you for your patience during this busy time – just a little bit longer to wait!

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Student aid awards

One question we’ve been hearing a lot lately is “When will financial aid information be sent out?” Well, the good news is that your wait is almost over. Our colleagues in the Office of Student Aid hope to send the first round of award emails this week. The first round will cover incoming first-year students who had a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by March 1. Awards will then go out on a weekly basis for those who filed their FAFSA after March 1.

To view your financial aid information, you’ll need to follow the directions in the email sent by the Office of Student Aid. The student always receives an email and parents who included their email address on the FAFSA will also receive an email with log-in instructions.

Once you’ve logged in, use this link to help you understand your financial aid award notification.

Please note, this is a very busy time of year for the Office of Student Aid. They recommend that anyone with questions about their financial aid award first visit the Office of Student Aid website, where they have tried to answer many of the most common questions. If you still have questions, they recommend you contact them first via email using the form at the bottom of this page.

We know families are weighing options at different schools and that often cost is a big part of that equation. We hope, by having your financial aid information, you’ll be one step closer to accepting your Penn State offer.

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The Accepted Student Program: A student blogger’s perspective

This is the time of year where many of you are weighing your options. You are trying to determine which college will be the best fit for you – and we are happy that Penn State is in the running!

ASP-ImageWhile grappling with this important decision, we hope you have an opportunity to attend an Accepted Student Program to learn more about your future at Penn State and the next steps in the enrollment process. Whether you join us for one of our programs across the country or you make the trek to your campus of offer, these programs are very informative and help answer many of your outstanding questions.

One of our student bloggers, Kathryn, participated in an Accepted Student Program in Cincinnati over her spring break. She loved sharing her insights with future Penn Staters – check out the recap on her blog, Generation Three.

Be sure to visit our website to check out all of our different visit programs. Best of luck with your decision, and we hope to see you on campus in the fall as a Penn Stater!

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Music at Penn State

It’s no secret that State College is not exactly a bustling metropolis. Being nestled in farm country can be a shock for students used to having something like the King of Prussia mall down the street. But what this area lacks in retail options is easily compensated for by the awesome musical acts that come through town.

Jay Z closed out his Magna Carter tour at Penn State.
















This winter JayZ and Kanye West both performed at the Bryce Jordan Center, within two weeks of each other. This bit of musical fortune prompted us to delve a little further into what kind of options there are for those in State College who love live music, whether it be country or classical.

As an overview, the Bryce Jordan Center, or BJC, hosts well-known acts throughout the year. They focus on big name rock, country, and indie artists during the semester and throw in some kids shows and events when they’re not hosting career fairs or Big 10 basketball games.

Each semester The Center for the Performing Arts schedules a wide array of more high brow fare on campus, like this spring’s performance of Swan Lake by the Moscow Festival Ballet and the Broadway musical Memphis.

At the same time student groups like SPA (Student Programming Association) bring in smaller acts, like the Founders Day concert on March 4 featuring Great Big World and Delta Rae. Students also organize the annual Movin’ On festival, held near the end of spring semester. Past acts have included Fall Out Boys, O.A.R. and the Avett Brothers, among many others.

The point of all this is to say to all you music lovers out there, don’t worry. Tons of great acts come to State College on a regular basis (we haven’t even started talking about downtown venues like the State Theatre that book their own shows). So when you come to Penn State, don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes.

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World Campus deadline for Summer 2014 is March 15

Though we have rolling admissions for the majority of our programs at Penn State, the degree programs offered through World Campus do have application deadlines.

The next deadline coming up if you want to begin your studies in Summer 2014 is March 15. Please note some programs may have an earlier deadline, so be sure to check the specific dates for your program of interest by visiting the World Campus website.

In order for your application to be complete, we need a submitted online application and all supplemental documents by March 15. The requirements vary by program, so be sure to check the website for your program of interest to make sure you do not miss anything. The necessary supplemental materials need to be here by March 15 for you to be eligible for summer admission – this date is firm. All documents must be sent to:

Penn State Undergraduate Admissions
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802

As an ending note, one of our most common questions for World Campus applications is: “Do I need to submit my high school transcripts?” The answer is yes. Regardless of how much time has elapsed since your high school graduation, we need your original high school transcripts sent to us directly by your school. If you did not attend high school, we need your official GED certificate sent by the Department of Education in your state.

Best of luck with your applications!

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We love to talk about Penn State …

… so join us for one of our upcoming chats!

accepted-chatsWhether you are a prospective student or an accepted student, we know you have a lot of questions about Penn State, and our admissions staff and current students can’t wait to give you the information you need. In addition to answering the calls and emails that come to the Undergraduate Admissions Office daily, we have scheduled some special “chat events” that provide students the opportunity to learn more about Penn State through live chats with both staff and students. Here are all the chat options for interested students:

Accepted Student Chats
If you have an offer of admission to Penn State, join us to ask all of those pressing questions you have about Penn State as you make your college decision. These chats are scheduled for:

  • March 4, 2014: 6:30PM – 8:30PM ET
  • March 19, 2014: 6:30PM – 8:30PM ET
  • April 9, 2014: 6:30PM – 8:30PM ET
  • April 22, 2014: 6:30PM – 8:30PM ET

International Chats
As international students, you have unique requirements, questions, and needs – which is why we offer these special chats for any student living outside of the United States. Whether you are a prospective student or you have an offer of admission to Penn State, please join us on:

  • April 1, 2014: 4:00PM – 8:00PM ET
  • April 23, 2014: 8:30AM – 12:00PM ET

Other Chat Opportunities
Penn State is excited to participate in a few unique virtual college fair/chat events with our college search partners. Please join us for these virtual events to learn more about Penn State and chat with admissions counselors. Here are the details:

  • CollegeWeekLive Institutions of the Big Ten Virtual College Fair
  • February 27, 2014: 2:00PM – 10:00PM ET
  • Cappex Virtual College Fairs
  • March 11, 2014: 2:00PM – 10:00PM ET
  • April 9, 2014: 2:00PM – 10:00PM ET

You can view the entire chat schedule and log in to the chat event on our website. We look forward to “talking” with you this spring!

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